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  • My first wrap using the NEW Arlon Premium Colour Change, PCC.

     Mark Johnston updated 1 week, 1 day ago 11 Members · 30 Posts
  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    July 8, 2021 at 1:02 am

    I found myself doing another non-exciting but a bit of a different wrap. This time it was a large JCB type excavator back ballast.
    The part that was “a first for me” was that I was using the NEW Arlon Premium Colour Change cast vinyl -AKA- “Arlon PCC”.

    I wrapped this on my own to get a proper feel for how the vinyl handled.
    I have good experience with “silver wrap vinyl” because we recently did around 35-40 vans for one customer in solid colour change, a truck cab unit, a car and a pickup for other customers. “Every one of them was in a silver wrapping cast”.
    However, although they were all metallic silver, the vinyl ranged from Oracal 970, Avery Supreme and 3M 1080. So I have good recent experience to compare and give my views on.

    See post below>>>>>

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    July 8, 2021 at 1:02 am

    As you can see from the pictures, it’s not a small machine and certainly not a flat easy surface to wrap!
    The rear single silver panel was approx 3100mm wide x 1525mm deep or 10ft x 5ft
    Installation conditions are never great with machines this size because the workshops are huge, roller shutters up and down in opposite bays, with a breeze blowing in etc. although it was a relatively warm overcast day.

    In comparison to Oracal 970 wrapping cast, the unheated stretchability of the new Arlon PCC vinyl was much better.
    Oracal 970 can be a bit stiff to handle and even more so in cooler temperatures, but the Arlon had a nice supple feel to it, similar to 3M 2080.

    The lifting and laying, repositionability of it we very good also. at one point the customer arrived and stood chatting to me and the machine sales rep for over 30 minutes while the vinyl was left sticking to the machine. when I carried on fitting, it lifted and laid again like it had been left 30 seconds.

    Two things that were noticeable over the other 3 brands of vinyl was…
    1, It did not lose the metallic finish of the vinyl as quick!
    By this I mean, I found that Avery and 3M created colour shift lines when slightly over-stretched. But the Arlon PCC held out further before a colour shift happened. Which is something we became very conscious of while doing so many metallic silver vehicles.
    2, The second and more important again was the Arlon vinyl coped with continually being snapped up and laid again without worry of the vinyl shattering/snapping.
    By this I mean, many of the silver vans were done during colder weather. And although the workshop was at the correct temperature, lower areas of the vehicles nearer the concrete floor was colder and we found on multiple occasions, the other vinyls snapped or shattered when being lifted and laid due to the metallic finish of the vinyl. However, with Arlon, I did not have the same concerns and at no point did the vinyl shatter/snap. (granted this is warmer weather conditions) but still, the Arlon was not in an enclosed workshop, but a large warehouse with roller doors open and a breeze coming in.

    Once I have had a bit more experience with the NEW Arlon PCC, and with other colours, I will do a proper product test report on the vinyl. but thought it would be good to share my experience with it as it has just been launched.

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    July 8, 2021 at 1:52 am

    Some pictures by the customer today.

  • Martyn Heath

    Member
    July 8, 2021 at 4:34 am

    Amazing job rob! i get the feeling your going to have a few more of these to do for the firm.

    Where does the film sit on price point between avery and 3m?

    • Robert Lambie

      Administrator
      July 19, 2021 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks, Martyn πŸ‘

      Due to all the increases of wrap vinyl across various brands, I am not 100% sure what the going rates are in numbers.

      The following is where I would put them in order of price, how far apart they are though will vary on what you will pay, your supplier and so on.
      Avery being most expensive, Oracal being most competitive.

      1, Avery
      2, 3M
      3, Arlon
      4, Oracal

      As I always preach though, price should not be the ultimate deciding factor when it comes to wrapping. ease of application and long term performance should be your priority. all other benefits just add to why you should select one over the other.

  • Mark Johnston

    Member
    July 8, 2021 at 8:42 am

    We do excavators, but none like that! Awesome work Rob, very smart. πŸ‘

    • Robert Lambie

      Administrator
      July 19, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks Mark. πŸ‘

  • Karen White

    Member
    July 8, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    Love it. way out of my league, but looks fab! ❀

    • Robert Lambie

      Administrator
      July 19, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks Karen. πŸ‘

  • Jeff Rea

    Member
    July 8, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    That looks the dogs nutz mate. πŸ‘

    I would be interested to know how the price compares to the other vinyl brands also?

    • Robert Lambie

      Administrator
      July 19, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks Jeff. πŸ‘

      Please see my reply to Martyn above for pricing mate.

  • Tim Hobbs

    Member
    July 8, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    Great Job Rob

    I’m really interested in this product. I’ve been tearing my hair out recently with the glue lines issue with some other products. We’ve got a VW Transporter in next week for a roof wrap.

    Tempted to try Arlon PCC out on that.

    • Robert Lambie

      Administrator
      July 19, 2021 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks Tim πŸ‘

      You should give it a go mate. I always like to try new products when they become available. nothing ventured, nothing gained… and all that. πŸ˜€

  • David Hammond

    Member
    July 8, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    I’ve a sample arrive from Smiths, looks the part yet to play with it.

    They’ve priced it similarly to what we pay for 970RA – Which doesn’t have thr Arlon Adhesive.

    • Chris Wilson

      Member
      July 8, 2021 at 6:21 pm

      :0

      Bye bye Avery and 3M. Am now very interested.

      • Peter Cassidy

        Member
        July 8, 2021 at 7:58 pm

        defo worth bombing out 3M and Avery if this is the case. Their prices just go up and up! πŸ’ΈπŸ’°

    • Robert Lambie

      Administrator
      July 19, 2021 at 4:17 pm

      Chris / Peter

      I agree, having another option on the table will keep everyone on their toes.

    • Robert Lambie

      Administrator
      July 19, 2021 at 4:19 pm

      Your correct David, Oracal 970 is a great wrapping vinyl with a competitive price tag. what it doesn’t have over the likes of Avery, 3M and Arlon is the supple stretch to it “without heat”, which is a great benefit when applying over complex 3D obstacles like this one. The four brands also have their own unique adhesive systems which again sets them apart in their own way.

      • David Hammond

        Member
        July 19, 2021 at 5:13 pm

        I’m a fan of 970, it’s my go to for partial wraps. My only gripe is when it comes to removal, it doesn’t remove as cleanly and easily as 3M & Avery, I’ll assume Arlon will too.

  • Peter Cassidy

    Member
    July 8, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    The backend of that machine looks like a bloody nightmare wrap! 😬

    It is great to hear we have a new option in the mix. And certainly worth trying it with the next colour change that comes up. I have tried SLX and found that nice to work with.
    Thanks for sharing your views Rob, always good to hear.

    • Robert Lambie

      Administrator
      July 19, 2021 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks Peter. πŸ‘

  • Tim Hobbs

    Member
    July 15, 2021 at 8:54 am

    Just finished a roof wrap on a VW Transporter using the 453 Satin Black.

    I have to say it was awesome to use. Apart from the trimming up it took me about 15 mins to fit.

    No glue lines, easy to slide, not at all grabby. Even the odd bubble, left for a bit then pressed, left no “ghosting” what-so-ever. I love it. When they increase the colour range this is a true rival to Avery Supreme and 3M 1080. Β£7 per metre cheaper than the AP too.

    • Robert Lambie

      Administrator
      July 19, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      Great to hear you actually gave it a go, Tim. πŸ‘
      I agree with you on all your comments on the vinyl, mate. it is also good to hear someone else’s views on using the vinyl as I think real-world application by actual installers is crucial to get honest feedback for others to consider which product and who they buy their materials from.

  • Leslie Anderson

    Member
    July 16, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Very impressive. I would love to just stand and watch how you take that big sheet of silver vinyl and mould it into that shape with a bubble or wrinkle. πŸ€”

    • Robert Lambie

      Administrator
      July 19, 2021 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks Leslie. πŸ‘

  • Gordon Smithard

    Member
    July 16, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Looks good, never seen any big plant machinery wrapped before, wonder how long before it gets a few gouges and scrapes!

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    July 19, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    I have no doubt it will get scratched to bits, Gordon. Probably five minutes after they get on-site!

    We have done lots of excavators, diggers, JCB type machine wraps. I think when you are spending Β£200,000 on a machine, the big sticker on the back is the least of your worries. πŸ™‚

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    July 19, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Here are a few others…

    • Martyn Heath

      Member
      July 19, 2021 at 7:56 pm

      Balls of steel πŸ‘

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